Peninsula Medical Center in Salisbury confirms 1st coronavirus death

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD reported that a patient has died of coronavirus.

Salisbury is a short drive from the state line with Delaware. The hospital serves a large portion of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and a small portion of Delaware. Peninsula’s system now owns Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, DE.

The age and whether the patient had pre-existing conditions were not disclosed.The hospital issued the following statement and said it would not comment further out of consideration for the privacy of the patient’s family.

“Peninsula Regional Medical Center is saddened to report the passing of the first patient under our care who had tested positive for COVID-19. As the disease progresses across our nation, state and region, this is a somber reality being faced by a number of hospitals, healthcare systems, communities and families.

Our medical team went to extraordinary efforts to care for this patient, and our hearts remain with the patient’s family, friends, and loved ones.

During a time like this, we have united to battle this virus.

We encourage you to continue vigorous and regular hand hygiene, practice social distancing and to stay at home to avoid catching or passing this virus.

If you have symptoms or concerns, call the COVID-19 Information and Triage Line at 410-912-6889.”

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